A Studio in Retrograde?

I am in the process of tearing my studio apart and doing a major purge in preparation for replacing my kiln.  I have had a Jen-Ken Bead Annealer for years and have used it for bead annealing and glass fusing.  I have been very happy with it.  A few years ago, I got a great deal on  a programmable remote controller  to go with the kiln.   And then I started to use the kiln to fire copper clay which necessitated resetting the controller to handle metal firing schedules which go to a higher temperature than glass.  So my kiln will now reach a maximum of 2000 F which is suitable for low fire ceramic clays.  (cone 04)

Except I love porcelain and stoneware  which fire at cone 6.  (Some porcelain fires at cone 10 but I am interested in working at cone 6. ).  My work space is relatively small but I do a lot of things in it including sewing, polymer, beading, lamp working, fusing, mixed media and metal smithing.  I have a couple of enameling kilns that I don’t use that often but that I want to hold onto.  

So now that I have done a major purge and rearrangement, I plan to install ventilation for soldering and lamp working  and for a new kiln so I can do luster firing and cone 6 firing.  And I have to figure how to either sell the old kiln or trade it towards a new model.  We’ll see

In the meantime, I really wanted to show you some of the new pottery I’ve  been working on. But WordPress is buggy tonight (as it sometimes is-hey I love WordPress but sometimes it’s buggy!)

 

Instead of uploading  pictures of eight different pieces, I have managed to upload one picture eight times.  I am utterly baffled at how things like this can happen.  This is the second time I have tried to upload the pictures with the same mystifying result.  My friend Toni would say that Mercury is in retrograde.  But in retrograde in my computer?

I hope you enjoy my picture.  🙂

 

Where I Make Glass Beads

Welcome to my summer lamp working studio.  I work with City gas and an oxygen concentrator.  My glass is mostly moretti or scrap class that I find or friends give me. 

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My lamp working station with home made arm rests (cigar boxes).  The top of the table is an old door protected with pieces of thick aluminum flashing.    I drilled holes in a wood block to hold the mandrels.  I only make lampworked beads in the summer when I can have the windows open and the air moving.

 

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The workshop.  I batch anneal and when the kiln is on the area around it is cleared!

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Glass shards

 

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Stringers pulled from scrap glass

 

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Disk beads and silvered glass.  I wear a respirator when I am working with fine silver in the torch.

Blended and Silvered

Here I’ve mixed blue and green scraps and added some silver.  I don’t know the COE of these glasses but they behave  similarly and I think they must be very close in COE if not the same.

 

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More beads

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My home made mashers (rebent barbeque tongs)

 

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From the Dollar Store, these also work as mashers but you have to quench them in water to keep the glass from sticking.

I’ve made a lot of beads this summer.  I even like some of them.  I will share them with you in a later post.